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Mattel and Milestone Reveal Massive Garage of Rides in Upcoming Hot Wheels Unleashed™


Recently Lucas and I got to try out the next iteration in the Hot Wheels gaming sphere and while it was an early build the base is there for a good arcade racing title. 
I like many of you reading this, older or young have had Hot Wheels in your hand at some stage. I have some of my favourites still to this day and wont part with them for anyone. Made even more exciting was when some of my cars that I still have stashed somewhere are in the game. 

Below, we have the new trailer, and then some info on what is coming. 
Be sure to check it all out. 

Pat (Snoogs)



Mattel, Inc. and Milestone, a leading global racing game developer, today unveiled a massive garage of cars that will be available at launch in Hot Wheels Unleashed™. Featuring 66 vehicles, including Hot Wheels® most celebrated original designs over the brand’s 53-year history, the lineup also includes cars that have become icons of automotive pop culture, such as Party Wagon from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Snoopy from Peanuts, K.I.T.T. from NBC’s Knight Rider and the Time Machine from Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment’s Back to the Future. 

For those players looking to get behind the wheel of their favourite vehicles found on today’s city streets and racetracks, die-cast favourites will be featured from OEMs representing the past, present and future of car culture. From classic rides such as the ’32 Ford ‘Deuce’ and ’69 Dodge Charger to modern favourites including the Audi R8 Spyder and Honda S2000, plus hypercars packed with future tech such as the 2020 Koenigsegg Jesko, there is truly a ride for everyone. 
Additional vehicles will be made available by playing Hot Wheels Unleashed™ in all the different game modes. Hot Wheels Unleashed™ launches globally on Sept. 30, 2021 on PlayStation®5, PlayStation®4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One X, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC (Steam and Epic Games Store). 

In addition to Hot Wheels® originals like Boneshaker and Twin Mill, below are some of the list of cars fans can drive to their heart’s content:
ENTERTAINMENT:
Party Wagon
Snoopy
K.I.T.T.
Back to the Future Time Machine
Batmobile

OEMs:
Audi R8 Spyder
Audi Sport Quattro
'55 Chevy
Copo Camaro
'71 El Camino
'69 Dodge Charger Daytona
RAM 1500 Rebel
FIAT 500
'32 Ford
1956 Ford Truck
2018 Ford Mustang GT
Humvee®
Honda S2000
2020 Koenigsegg Jesko
Mini Cooper S Challenge

Hot Wheels Unleashed™ players will be able to upgrade vehicles using the in-game Rarity System. With the Rarity System, players will be able to collect and dismantle in-game vehicles in order to improve how their vehicles perform. Some upgrades can only be discovered in different and secret ways.

As the #1 selling toy in the world, Hot Wheels is the global category leader in toy vehicles. For the last fifty plus years, Hot Wheels has proven its influence on car culture with legendary design and epic performance. Today, Hot Wheels has become a global powerhouse franchise, with live and virtual events on almost every continent, highly sought-after consumer products and top-tier collaborations, a #1-rated content channel on YouTube, and more. While 16.5 Hot Wheels are sold every second and over 8 billion cars have been sold to date, the brand continues to expand its presence in digital gaming, with success across mobile, console and PC platforms.


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Neo: The World Ends With You | Out Now


BATTLE THROUGH THE REAPERS’ GAME TODAY WITH THE LAUNCH OF NEO: THE WORLD ENDS WITH YOU

NEO: The World Ends with You, the action role-playing game developed by SQUARE ENIX®, is available worldwide for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and Nintendo Switch™ system.


NEO: The World Ends with You transports players to the bustling streets of Shibuya, as they step into the shoes of protagonist Rindo and take part in the life-or-death battle for survival known as the “Reapers’ Game.” Rindo is joined by many stylish and memorable characters, who together explore the heart of Tokyo to uncover the mysteries behind this sinister game.

NEO: The World Ends with You is now available for the PlayStation®4 and Nintendo Switch™ system, with a PC version of the game to arrive on the Epic Games Store later this winter (ANZ). 

Related Links: 
Official NEO: The World Ends with You Website: https://square-enix-games.com/neotwewy

Twitter #
#NTWEWY





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Multiplayer Dungeon Crawler Blightbound Out Now - with Trailer!

Conquer the Blight once and for all!

Following a successful 12 months in Early Access, fearless developer Ronimo Games (Awesomenauts) and their trusty sidekicks Devolver Digital have unleashed Blightbound 1.0, a dark and stylish multiplayer dungeon crawler, on PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

Blightbound is an online & local multiplayer dungeon crawler that tasks three heroes to venture down from their mountain refuge to face the abominations of the Blight - a mysterious and corrupting fog that enshrouds the land.

Explore handcrafted dungeons, fight a terrifying cadre of mystical and monstrous enemies, grab valuable loot, and recover fallen heroes to expand your roster of available warriors. Each player will fulfil a specific role on the team - warrior, assassin, or mage - to overcome colossal bosses and solve clever puzzles.

Can you collect all of the heroes, complete all the challenges, and conquer the Blight once and for all? Visit blightbound.com and follow @ronimogames and @devolverdigital on Twitter for more courageous marketing hype.


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Microsoft Flight Simulator on Xbox Series X|S Available Now


I have been playing Microsoft Flight Sim on and off since release on PC and have been enjoying it. One thing I have noticed online up to the release of it on Xbox Series X/S is so many people complaining there is nothing to do. 
The name gives this away. Flight Sim. It is a sim, so before you get all bent out of shape that it isn't Ace Combat like just remember that. 

Microsoft Flight Sim is a stunning entry into the Flight Sim family and uses real time telemetry to show other players and commercial planes in flight. You can make it as full or light on as you like and now those on Game Pass for Xbox Series X/S can experience it too. 

There is a list a mile long of places you should go. If you're like me that list shows all the places you wish you could go but can't right now or haven't made it yet. 
Animals in Africa, Volcano's, chase a Cyclone (yes weather is there) or simply fly into your own backyard. 

Check out the below release and if you're lucky enough to be playing on console, let us know where you first went. 

Pat (Snoogs)

Microsoft Flight Simulator Available Today on Xbox Series X|S and Xbox Game Pass

by Jorg Neumann, Head of Microsoft Flight Simulator

In a pivotal moment for the flight simmer community, today we are bringing Microsoft Flight Simulator to Xbox Series X|S giving aspiring pilots the chance to take flight for the first time on a console.
 
From light planes to wide-body jets, you’ll test your piloting skills against the challenges of real-time weather including accurate wind speed and direction, temperature, humidity, rain, and lightning – all in a dynamic and living world. With the power of satellite data from Bing Maps and cloud-based AI using Azure, you’ll travel the entire planet in amazing detail with over 37 thousand airports, 2 million cities, 1.5 billion buildings, real mountain ranges, roads, trees, rivers, animals, traffic, and more. Simmers can expect the same level of depth as the PC version, with the most authentic and realistic flight simulator we have ever created and available to the widest audience ever.
 
Optimized to harness the power of Xbox Series X|S, Microsoft Flight Simulator brings realism, accuracy, and authenticity of flying. Even if you’re a new pilot, you can jump right in to experience the thrill of flight. Microsoft Flight Simulator on Xbox Series X|S adds new features to make the experience highly accessible:
 
Discovery Flights: Newcomers can easily enter the world of Microsoft Flight Simulator and experience some of the most impressive wonders of our planet, including awe-inspiring locations like the Great Pyramid of Giza and Mount Everest, or vibrant cities like Naples and Rio de Janeiro. Start in the air and off you go.
 
World Exploration Improvements: Many users love to explore the planet in Microsoft Flight Simulator, and we’ve further enhanced that experience. The world map now features satellite imagery, map labels, and main Point of Interest (POI) names to make exploring the world (and even finding your house) as easy as possible. We extended this capability into the flight experience itself and users can now activate the POI labels during a flight, so they can get a sense for the spatial relationships between cities, mountains, and other landmarks.
 
Flight Training: We significantly improved our flight training to ensure a smoother learning curve and make them more snack-sized and by adding a new performance evaluation system. We now have 22 training flights that teach users the fundamentals of flying starting with basic handling, to landing and takeoff, VFR navigation and learning how to fly an airliner like the Airbus 320neo. We also added more contextual voiceovers to help explain elements and provide feedback.
 
Flight Assistance: We are introducing an extremely useful new tool called the Flight Assistant that provides AI help during flight:   
 
You can select nearby POIs or airports and set them as your destination to get direction.
You can use it to let the AI auto land your plane.
You can use it for auto-trimming and anti-stall.
 
Land Anywhere: In most flight simulators, take off and landing at an airport can be complex and intimidating for newcomers. 71% of our planet is water, so we added water landing options. We revamped several of our planes and incorporated optional floaters, skis and a “large tires” feature so you can land almost anywhere.
 
Microsoft Flight Simulator on Xbox Series X|S is the most accessible entry to date with the addition of Screen Narrator and new features such as Discovery Flights, all new scored training flights, enhanced landing gear and more so new pilots can jump right into experiencing the thrill of flight!
 
Launching Microsoft Flight Simulator on PC last year was only the beginning of our journey to make the best simulation possible. As we continue adding to the experience with free World Updates (Japan, US, France, Benelux, UK & Ireland and the Nordics so far with many more to come), free simulation updates, themed DLC bundles, and true-to-life aircraft, Xbox Series X|S simmers will enjoy these updates on console as well. The sky is calling!
 
Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available on Xbox Series X|S with Xbox Game Pass, Windows 10 with Xbox Game Pass for PC, and Steam. 
 
For the latest information on Microsoft Flight Simulator, stay tuned to @MSFSOfficial on Twitter.




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DEATH'S DOOR: A Delightful Trip to the Afterlife: Review


People once believed that when someone dies, a crow carries their soul to the land of the dead. But some times, something so bad happens that the crow must use the soul to right the wrongs done by those before it and set things right in the afterlife.

Welcome to Death’s Door, developed by Acid Nerve and published by Devolver Digital. Death’s Door on its surface is a light hearted parody of games like Dark Souls but underneath is a fun and engaging dungeon crawling experience likened too Zelda games of old.

Death’s Door sees you take control of a crow working as a reaper collecting souls of the dead as it’s 9-5. The afterlife has been re-imagined as a pencil pushing bureaucracy filled with professional reapers drudging about their day to day much like the rest of us. Reaping souls could get a little monotonous but quickly livens up when your first major assignment soul is stolen. Your job is now to track down the thief through a realm that is controlled by fantastic characters and untouched by death…


Death’s Door is a beautifully bleak world. Colour is all still there but the vibrancy has been turned down somewhat to give you the sense of a world that is essentially in limbo. Character models are beyond memorable and varied. The game is built like an old Zelda game or dungeon crawler. The map has various levels that you need traverse with plenty of secrets hidden throughout. While the game can be a little predictable at times there is enough variety and charm to simply not care. The characters are their own element in Death’s Door each having their own quirks and memorable abnormalities. Steadhome the Gravekeeper is one you meet early on but their want for you to reap them and end their existence, only for you to be unable too much to their disappointment had me chuckling.


Death’s Door is shown as a top-down crawler slightly isometric and for someone not overly familiar with the dungeon level designs of other titles it felt really intuitive and simple to follow. There is no map to speak of, check points are sparse but close enough together to not be a grind and trekking your way through corridors looking for that extra secret or finding the next key was never a chore.

Death’s Door can be a difficult game but that can be largely down to my own abilities. I don’t play a lot of these types so I died a lot, like a whole lot, and I have yet to get frustrated as they were always my own fault. Controls are tight and encounters feel well balanced. Weapons are both tangible and magical and double as part weapon and part puzzle solving tool. Several areas challenged me to chain these abilities together switching effortlessly from tool to weapon and back again. Magic uses has a limit but is simply restored by giving something a wack.


There are only a handful of weapons to collect throughout your playthrough and early on you start to realise what they are going to be by areas you need to get to within the map. The lack of weapons is actually a blessing as they easily map to the D pad on controller and leaves switching between them during battles an ease. Boss fights mix cartoonish evil charm with some impressively potent attacks each requiring to remember some of the mechanics from its dungeon to be able to get through. There is a small RPG element to help you on your reaping journey. Turning in your claimed souls for upgrades to your weapons and abilities ultimately helping out in the later enemies.

Death’s Door has been an absolute pleasure to play and showcases the ability of the small team of two over at Acid Nerve. Captivating visuals and tight, dynamic gameplay had me always happy to boot it up. Its tongue in cheek humour was refreshing in all its macabre glory.


With all that is going on in the world especially here in my backyard at the moment Death’s Door has been a well-received distraction and one I suggest you seriously have a look at. 


Reviewed: Patrick Clifford (Snoogs)

Reviewed on: PC / Steam



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PAX EAST Showcase - Developer Spotlight - 101XP


This spotlight is all about developer 101XP a team with over 11 years experience in the gaming industry having published over 50 titles on PC and Mobile platforms. From Redneck Ed a 2D Hand Drawn arena fighter to For The People a political sim / visual novel and The Life and Suffering of Sir Brante a text based RPG 101XP has a varied catalogue and some good upcoming titles. 
Below we have two upcoming titles I am personally excited about but also am intrigued by another upcoming title Frequency: Chernobyl 

Upcoming Games.

The Darkest Tales



Welcome to the far side of “happily ever after”! Learn about the Little Red Riding Hood’s new dietary habits and witness what Pinocchio grew up to be... Will you lend a hand to an armed-to-the-teeth teddy bear on an important mission? He can't quite stitch it all up without you!

The Darkest Tales actually has me a little excited I must say and that probably speaks volumes to my twisted sense of humour more than anything else. I hope to provide more info as release date gets closer so keep an eye for it.
For the moment, use the LINK below to try the demo for FREE on Steam and add it to your wish lists!


Blind Fate: Edo no Yami




Walk the dark path of a blind cyber samurai in this action-packed side-scroller filled with mechanized creatures from Japanese folktales. Together with Yami, embark on a journey of revenge to face the dangers of the futuristic period of New Edo, discover the forgotten past, then unveil its lost secrets and lore.

Another cool looking neon cyberpunk looking title to go with the current trend but infused with a touch of Japanese folklore. 
Again no firm date for this one but it is on my wish list so use the LINK below to try out the FREE demo and add it to yours. 



Written: Patrick Clifford (Snoogs) 

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PAX EAST Showcase: Developer Spotlight - EREMITE GAMES - Against The Storm


On our list of PAX East Indie devs today is Eremite Games and their latest title Against The Storm. Eremite Games is a team of 5 friends with years of experience in AAA, indie and mobile games development. They have a passion for memorable, genre-defining strategy and RPG games. 

That brings us to the title we are talking about.

Against The Storm


‘Against the Storm’ is a roguelite city builder set in a fantasy world where it never stops raining. You are the Queen’s viceroy — a pioneer sent into the wilds to establish and manage new settlements inhabited by beavers, lizards, and humans.

Your goal is to survive long enough and gather the valuable resources necessary to rebuild and upgrade the Smouldering City. It’s the only safe haven against the Blightstorm — a vile cycle of destruction ravaging everything in its path. Do you have what it takes to weather the storm? 

You had me at city builder but not sure about the Roguelite element though but from the trailer above it looks right up my alley. 

No confirmed release date yet but due 2021 with a 12 month exclusive on Epic Games store where there is currently a demo available via the link below. 

LINK: DEMO







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WEIRD WEST IS COMING - BEWARE MANBEARPIG


Coming Q3 2021 to PS4, Xbox One & PC

Developer WolfEye Studios and publisher Devolver Digital have announced that Weird West, their upcoming action RPG experience set within a surreal vision of the developing frontier, is coming to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One alongside PC in Fall 2021. To coincide with the news, the peculiar posse have released a brand new gameplay trailer, unveiling the mysteries of Weird West through the intertwined destinies of its unusual heroes. These are the Five Journeys.

Discover a dark fantasy reimagining of the Wild West where lawmen and gunslingers share the frontier with fantastical creatures. Journey through the origin stories of a group of atypical heroes, written into legend by the decisions you make in an unforgiving land. Each journey is unique and tailored to the actions taken - a series of high stakes stories where everything counts and the world reacts to the choices you make. Form a posse or venture forth alone into the otherworldly confines of the Weird West and make each legend your own. 

For the latest on Weird West, set up camp at weirdwest.com


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Valve's New Steam Deck: A Handheld Monster


Valve brings PC to the handheld market:

For the last year there have been some soft jumps into the hand held PC gaming market but with the Valve Steam Deck it is the first real well known company to bring this idea to the mainstream.  


According to Valve the handheld Steam Deck is powered by a custom Linux operating system with a 7-inch, 1280x800 resolution with a 60HZ refresh rate touch screen. 
Processor:
AMD APU
CPU: Zen 2 4c/8t, 2.4-3.5GHz (up to 448 GFlops FP32)
GPU: 8 RDNA 2 CUs, 1.0-1.6GHz (up to 1.6 TFlops FP32)
APU power: 4-15W
RAM:
16GB LPDDR5
Storage:
Available in 64GB, 256GB and 512GB with each model having a high-speed microSD slot. 

"Steam Deck is a PC so you can install third-party software and operating systems," says Valve. Meaning the hardware isn't locked down to one type of OS. Shipping with the Steam Deck is Steam OS, a custom Linux OS that boots up as you know into the familiar Steam Interface from PC. Unfortunately currently only around 15%  of all.

Still early days with the Steam Deck will be available December in the US and UK coming to Aus in 2022.
Until we see more details on the release and how the SteamOS works with the majority of games here are some images to get you excited and ready. 






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ENCASED - DOME SWEET DOME Release info



Prime Matter and Dark Crystal Games have unveiled a new gameplay trailer for Encased, the upcoming isometric dystopian sci-fi RPG scheduled to release this autumn.

The new trailer reveals scenes, characters and weapons from all three acts - including previously unseen footage from the later part of the game – highlighting the dangers and challenges players will face as they roam across the devastated landscape.

Set in an alternative 1976, a vast and inexplicable artifact – The Dome – is discovered in the remote desert and, inside, is packed to the brim with amazing technology that could advance humanity hundreds of years. And you are one of those selected to venture inside. 

Players start off in one of five disciplines – science, engineering, security, management or convict -  which affects both their initial stats, specialisation and opens (or prevents) unique dialogue within the game. After entering the dome and completing the initial level, a cataclysm happens that changes what was once the bright hope of tomorrow into a desolate world of survival.

The player will fight in tactical turn-based battles, explore the vast wastelands, bunkers and settlements under the Dome. Make decisions with long-term consequences, avoid anomalies and find mysterious artifacts. Act stealthily, improve character skills and upgrade weapons.

While traveling under the Dome, the protagonist will encounter factions that are competing for power. Each of them see the future of humanity differently and this will affect the ending.

The protagonist can go through the story alone or invite unique characters into the party. For example, Yoko, a robot child on the path of self-discovery and self-identification; Sparrow, a mysterious fighter for justice, and other unconventional heroes. 

Owing some of its spiritual inspiration to books like Roadside Picnic, the gameplay mechanics will appeal to RPG and survival fans alike. 

Encased -  which will be a digital PC release on Steam, Epic and GOG - is currently in early access where users can experience all the first act and part of the second with the game scoring in the high seventies in user Steam reviews: 








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EMBARK ON AN ODD & EPIC JOURNEY WITH THE RETAIL EDITIONS OF ODDWORLD:SOULSTORM, NOW AVAILABLE!


I love Oddworld and especially Abe, the quirky Mudokon thrust into the spotlight as the hero everyone needs.
I still have my copy of the original on PS1 and have introduced the kids to it on the mini. Yes they found the fart button....
If you are lucky enough to have the PS5 there is a good chance you picked it up when it released digitally as a PSPlus title but Soulstorm last week released as a physical option now and I wanted to bring some extra thoughts to the game and the special editions. 

We've spoken about Oddworld Soulstorm at length on the podcast but here's a quick recap.
Once again you take the role of Abe to save your friends from becoming snack foods.... on the PS5 Soulstorm is impressive visually with a rotating camera view, crisp character models that we all know and seamless performance. 
There is one thing that has not changed with Oddworld games. It is still a difficult task to progress. Or maybe that is me... I do suck at platformers, always have. 

Enter the below. 
With Oddworld: Soulstorm getting it's physical release the special editions are here. Now full disclosure, I have not got one of these and unfortunately at this stage I won't be any time soon. If PAX Aus goes ahead that might be the time.... 
There are 2 editions up for grabs, and both are still available. The Day One Edition from a few places I have looked at and the Collectors Oddition seems to be an EB Games exclusive. 


The Day One Oddition comes with a pretty cool steel cover if that's what you like. 


The Collector's Oddition, this is the one I am in love with. Comes with all the goodies below. 

A Unique Collector’s Box
Oddworld: Soulstorm’s standard edition for PlayStation® 4 or PlayStation® 5
A collectible metal case
An exclusive 22 cm figurine of Abe, Mudokon hero
A premium 160-page artbook by Pix’n Love Publishing
An exclusive Mining Company keychain
Three art prints
Ancient Mudokon Tribal stickers
Abe’s hand tattoo

I would look amazing behind me on the shelf, maybe soon....

About Oddworld: Soulstorm
Oddworld: Soulstorm is the bigger, badder, bolder action-adventure platforming sequel to the renowned video game series, and the explosive second installment in the quintology. You play as Abe, the reluctant Mudokon hero whose actions sparked an uprising and now must lead his fellow Mudokons in their fight for freedom against the Magog Cartel and the planet’s ruling power.
Abe will struggle for survival against the planet’s ruling and well-funded power. They are armed with all means of oppression, from propaganda to biological to ruthless deadly force.
Explore massive cinematic scale and 2.9D environments filled with breathtaking visuals. Scavenge for supplies, craft weapons, arm your followers, solve puzzles, and attempt to safely deliver all of Abe’s 1,000+ followers to freedom.


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State of Play July 2021 Recap


The Playstation State of Play for July 2021 has come and gone and well I needed some time to comprehend what we saw, how it was once again presented and to be honest with you, given we are coming off the back of E3 was it even necessary?
But more on my thoughts on the show at the end. 
Below I have linked all the video's from the State of Play Showcase with a little bit of my thoughts underneath each. 

Let's start off with the big one. 

DEATHLOOP


Deathloop from Bethesda was the showpiece for the State of Play with 9 minutes of previously unreleased gameplay. 
The more I have seen of Deathloop the less it has excited me and this latest trailer has continued this trend. It almost feels like a complete Dishonored clone, not doing it for me. 

MOSS BOOK 2 - PSVR


Moss was a surprise hit on the PSVR thanks largely to the endearing Quill and she returns for Moss Book 2. Early development footage shown and it looked like it too. Excited to see how Moss 2 continues the story. 

ARCADEGEDDON


A looter shooter from Illfonic with early access on the PS5 available now for $29.95 in Aus. 

TRIBES OF MIDGARD


Developer Norsfell Games took us on a bit of a deep dive with their action RPG that is releasing July 27th. Def a cool looking title but I cannot see much longevity in it, I hope I am wrong...

 F.I.S.T.


Forged in Shadow Torch - coming to PS5 and PS4 September 7th this side scrolling platform action-exploration title definitely looks the goods even though not my style of game. I wouldn't be surprised if you saw it as a PSPlus title.

HUNTER'S ARENA: LEGENDS


Hack and Slash, demon hunting in an online ancient realm where you fight not only demons but other players in 30 player Battle Royale matches. Like every other title of this type there will be players playing it non stop to go on and make your game time a living hell. Coming to PSPlus in August so I'll be playing at least early on.

SIFU


Sloclap's kung fu beat ém up. An interesting title where each time you get knocked out you get back up but age a little bit each time. Still a way off with a 2022 release so will be interesting to see more.

JETT: THE FAR SHORE


This was a surprise. A simple premise of exploration turned on its head by Superbrothers. A cinematic adventure narrative game designed to showcase the idea of adventure without effective of the native flora or fauna. 
Releasing later this year so keep an eye out. 

DEMON SLAYER - KIETSU NO YAIBA - THE HINOKAMI CHRONICLES


Coming October 15th, not my style so I'll be honest I switched off. Check out the video and make up your own mind. 

LOST JUDGEMENT


A bit kooky, a bit violent the sequel to Judgement from Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio and SEGA. Coming later this year. 

DEATH STRANDING DIRECTOR'S CUT


Death Stranding is a hard game to recommend. I loved it, but I cannot explain why. The showcased showed off some of the enhancements coming to PS5, some new equipment and missions and for some reason a racing add in... no idea on that one. 
Coming September 24th

THE VERDICT

I have always been critical of the way in which Sony & Playstation do these State of Plays. They feel overly corporate and while the announcer does a good job they would be better suited showing who they were and presenting the showcase, not just recording it somewhere. 
This one felt somewhat rushed and I cannot help to think the focus on Indie titles was in response to the explosive allegations on Twitter earlier in the week.  
Sony stayed away from the digital E3 again this year and this was in no way a make up for it but given it is a recent memory for so many of us the showcase was mediocre at best. 
I love the Playstation brand but feel so disconnected from it of late. 

Some decent titles and the teams working on them deserve all the love they can get. 

Keep an eye out for more as it comes up. 

Pat  

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The Track Builder makes its debut in the new Hot Wheels Unleashed™ video


Creativity has no limits!

Mattel and Milestone showed today a deep dive dedicated to the Track Builder, a brand new game mode for Hot Wheels Unleashed™ where players can express themselves thanks to an editor without limits.
The Track Builder is the same tool that Milestone’s designers used to the create the game’s tracks, this means that players have in their hands all the powers to unleash their creativity.


Players will learn how to take control of the iconic orange track modules, the backbone of all the adrenaline races. Twisting, bending, stretching and finally placing every available module is now part of the pure racing fun experience! 
For the occasion, Federico Cardini, Lead Game Designer for Hot Wheels Unleashed, presents a deep dive dedicated to how the Track Builder works: 

After more than two years of development, the final result allows players to create crazy tracks in an extremely easy way, starting from choosing one of the environments available in the game, including the Track Room, a special stage designed specifically to showcase the freedom of the Track Builder, thanks to an empty big space without any kind of limits or obstacles.

Any element of the environments could potentially be part of the track, this means that players can mix track modules with a stage’s objects in order to create dynamic and unpredictable races.
Players will also have the chance to bring their tracks to the next level, thanks to the special Track Builder Modules. More than 20 amazing modules are available, such as T-Rex Escape, Spider Ambush, Hungry Cobra, those will make the tracks even more unique, insane and challenging.

The Track Builder also features the chance to share creations with the world or enjoy the tracks made by other crazy players. Being part of the community means having the chance to become an extraordinary designer or simply a racer always looking for new adrenaline and unpredictable challenges.

Finally, the new videos unveiled seven new vehicles out of the 60+ available on day 1. They are: 24 Ours™, Off-Duty™, Supercharged™, RocketFire™, Street Creeper™, Surf 'N Turf™, Tricera-Truck.
Hot Wheels Unleashed offers players the opportunity to drive the cars as if they were playing with the die-cast toys. The gameplay includes adrenaline-filled races, an extended choice of Hot Wheels vehicles with different attributes and rarity levels that players can customise with different skins, and jaw-dropping tracks set in everyday-life locations with special track modules and interactive items. The game also features a revolutionary Track Builder enabling players to customise tracks in any game environment and share them with the game’s community.

For more information and where to pre-order, visit hotwheelsunleashed.com. Drivers can also join the #HotWheelsUnleashed conversation online at Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter.



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